TC WEEKEND | FOUND Exhibit, Taste of Phillips Art Fest, Artability Art Show, Tweed Ride, BOOseum and more!


This weekend should be a real treat for art and book lovers — there are a number of wonderful art shows and book readings and discussions on deck. There are also a ton of Halloween events taking place, given that this is the last weekend before the holiday. A few Halloween events are highlighted in this weekend’s round-up, but please visit our Halloween article for a more comprehensive list (go here for general fall events).

Also, if you snap fall-themed pictures while out enjoying the weekend, tag your pictures with #tcdpic on Twitter, Instagram, or Flickr, (or email them to, to enter our Fall Photo Challenge and a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to a local coffee shop! 


FOUND Opening Reception, Friday, October 25

All My Relations Art Gallery

1414 E. Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis

 5 pm – 8pm   

 6:30 pm – Artist talk with C. Maxx Stevens

 As advertised:

“Come and see the work of C. Maxx Stevens and Henry Payer–both Native American contemporary artists who use found objects and re-appropriated materials in their art.  These artists draw upon the history of the found objects and their own personal life experiences to create fresh, thought-provoking expressions. Their works reflect contemporary art movements, while remaining fundamentally rooted in a dialog that embraces each of their personal stories as American Indian.”


A Taste of Phillips Art Festival, Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

2742 15th Avenue, Minneapolis

Friday: Open microphone – poetry, spoken word, music, performance art!

Saturday: Mural dedication at Lake Street and Bloomington with music at St Paul’s afterward.

Information from the Facebook page:

“The annual Taste of Phillips Art Festival will be bigger than ever! Friday, Oct. 25, 7 pm: Open Mike: Poetry/Spoken Word/Music. Saturday, Oct 26: 2-6 pm. We start at St. Paul’s with the opening of “Under Construction”, our youth photography project, as well as snacks and hands-on art projects. Then we will march down the new Phillips Avenue of the Arts, to the dedication of “La Mexicana” mural at Bloomington and Lake. Live music, food and fun on Lake Street!”

ELMHS Annual BOOseum and Ghost Trolley, Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26

305 Water St., Excelsior

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | $7-$5

7:30 pm:  Best Martian/Alien costume

8:00 pm: War of the Worlds  

All aboard! This event promises to be a real treat, combining a spooky trolley ride with a live reading of H.G. Wells’ science fiction novel,“War of the Worlds.” “War of the Worlds” will be read by former WCCO anchor, Don Shelby, and a host of others, in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ radio broadcast. Kids are encouraged to dress as aliens/Martians for the Martian costume contest! The event also includes a haunted trolly ride and museum.  Milio’s Sandwiches will have a food truck on hand with sandwiches and other tasty snacks. This is the major fundraiser of the year for Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS), and is co-hosted by Minnesota Streetcar Museum.

19th Annual Artability Art Show & Sale, Friday, October 25 to Sunday, October 27

Landmark Center

75 W 5th Street, St Paul

Schedule :
Friday, October 25 6pm-9pm, Cortile
Saturday, October 26 11am-5pm, Courtroom #317
Sunday, October 27 11am-4pm, Courtroom #317

Free and open to the public

More information from the website:

“Artability is an annual celebration of the creativity and artistic contributions of people
with mental illness to our community. The fall show features hundreds of pieces of art, from landscapes and nature photography to anime, abstracts, poetry and more. This year’s exhibition also will feature a special installation of artworks by people living with auditory hallucinations. This art will include use of the recording technology contained in audible greeting cards to play back some of the voices the participants experience in their everyday lives.

An opening night program will take place on Friday, with ASL interpreters present. Highlights will include live Baroque musical performances, award presentations, and voting for the annual People’s Choice Award.”

 Go here to see the schedule and more details

A Mini Festival of Minnesota Stories, Saturday, October 25 – Tuesday, October 29 

Some of the best of Minnesota’s readers and writers will be celebrated at this literary festival running Friday to Tuesday.  

Go here for times, locations, and the line up of events. 





Twin Cities Veg Fest, Saturday, October 26

Coffman Memorial Union (U of M campus)

300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis 

10 am – 4pm | Free

 More information from the website:

“Twin Cities Veg Fest is for anyone and everyone – from omnivores to vegetarians and vegans! If you’ve ever thought about becoming vegetarian or are interested in reducing animal suffering, you’ll love Twin Cities Veg Fest.

Twin Cities Veg Fest is free to attend, including the concert!

Learn where your food comes from, how to be a healthy vegetarian or vegan, and why being compassionate benefits everyone. Plus you’ll enjoy tons of free vegan food samples and delicious vegan cuisine. We also have a great lineup of speakers and a free concert too! Everyone who came to our 2012 festival had a great time, and this year will be even better.”


Boo-ology at the Science Museum Saturday, October 26

Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd. W., Saint Paul

12 pm to 4 pm | $13-$10 (free for kids 12 and under in costume)

More information from the website:

On Saturday, October 26 from noon to 4 p.m., the Science Museum will host Boo-ology, a Halloween event for visitors of all ages. Kids 12 and under in costume will receive free admission to the permanent exhibit galleries, and they’ll have the chance to join in a variety of spooky hands-on science activities with a Halloween spin!

The 5th Annual Tweed Ride, Saturday, October 26

Powderhorn Park

3400 15th Ave S, Minneapolis

 5:30 pm – 2:00 am 

After kicking off from Powderhorn Park, the fashionable bike fun continues to various haunts around the city, including Muddy Waters, Loring Park, and the Soap Factory’s pop-up bar, Spooky Speakeasy. Check the website for depature times and more detailed information. This is a 21+ event. 



Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead at the Minnesota History Center, Saturday, October 26

Minnesota History Center

345 Kellogg Blvd W., Saint Paul

12 noon – 4 pm | $11-$6

Free for children age 5 and under and MHS members

More from the website:

“For Mexican-Americans Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an important holiday where connections to ancestors are strengthened and a rich cultural heritage is passed on to future generations. The History Center’s annual Dia de Los Muertos family day program includes dancing, music, games, food samples, storytelling, crafts and Ofrenda displays designed by local students and a special commissioned altar created by local artists. Ofrendas will be on display at the History Center Oct. 26 through Nov. 2. “

Gibbs Museum’s Old-Time Halloween, Saturday, October 26

Gibbs Museum

2097 West Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul

10 am – 2 pm; $8 -$5; Free for RCHS members

From the website:

“A real old-fashioned Halloween event for kids of all ages! Find pennies in the haystack, make popcorn balls in the barn, not-so-scary stories in the one-room schoolhouse, and much more. Free hot dogs, lemonade and ice cream. A great family event.”



Birchwood Cafe’s 18th Anniversary Party, Sunday, October 27

Birchwood Cafe

3311 East 25th Street, Minneapolis

5 pm – 9pm 

More information from the website:

Join us for complimentary Good Real Food, sweet treats, local beer and beverages. Family-friendly & open to all. 
Be sure to arrive by 6:00 for the kickoff of our Kickstarter campaignwith special guest Mayor R.T. Rybak. We want to thank you for 18 wonderful years and grow our future together!
Everyone’s invited — tell your friends on Facebook! #gobirchwoodgo

Great Pumpkin Festival at Landmark Sunday, October 27

Landmark Center

75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul

1 pm – 3 pm | Free

Storytelling, music, arts, candy and more! 

Remember to send your fall photos tag them with #tcdpic this weekend (or email them to to enter our Fall Photo Challenge and have a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to a local coffeehouse. [If you don’t see the Storify photos and comments below, please refresh your browser window.]

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